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Continuing Investigation of Firehouse Conditions

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RICHMOND - The leaky roof, stained ceiling tiles and mold growing inside Richmond Fire Station 14 did not happen overnight.

On July 11, 2012, Engine 14 fills out a work order and reports the roof on the station is leaking.

Eight days later, the Department of Public Works concludes there may be asbestos and the roof needs a total replacement.

But that same document then states the work is completed.

If repairs were made, what was done?

According to the EPA, if disturbed, asbestos can cause lung disease even cancer.

And if the work order was completed then why up until last week was Station 14 using baking pans to catch water leaking from the ceiling?

About a month after that July request for repairs - on August 24, 2012 - Station 14 reports once again the roof is still leaking and this time they inform DPW mold is forming.

DPW reports "major work, asbestos shingles," but again lists the work order as completed.

On June 19, the firefighters ask for ceiling tiles to replace the ones damaged by the leaks.

Six days later, the station once again reports several ceiling tiles have mold from the roof leak.

And while this is classified as a "life/safety order" it says under the work completed section it says no.

A spokesman for the fire department says  the chief says he was never made aware of any concerns about asbestos.

Meanwhile crews are done cleaning out the mold at Station 14.

They are waiting for test results and if all goes well Station 14 could move back into the fire house tonight.

Air quality tests at Station 12 have been done. The department is waiting for those results.

To see all the work orders from May 2011 until the present, click here.

 

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